Springtime in Charlotte is really about three things: festival eating, craft beer drinking, and adventure seeking. Lucky for us here in the Queen City, we have a surplus of events that offer up all of these to kick off the warmer weather. So here are the best things happening this coming season to help you get in on the fun.
Editor's Note: We'll be updating this throughout the season, so keep checking back to stay up to date on all the best spring happenings.
Fill your ears with the sounds of bagpipes and welcome in the springtime with The Dropkick Murphys as they bring their 20 Year Anniversary Tour to the Fillmore Charlotte in the beginning of March. And since it's such a momentous occasion, you can sure as hell expect a party.
Near the middle of March, get the family together and head down to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation for Open Studio Saturday. Together, you'll be able to learn from a number of great artists about their creative process, get hands-on experience, and even explore the studio galleries.
We can’t think of a more legit way to celebrate spring than sitting back in the biergarten with a crisp drink. Gather your friends and spend the day sipping quality brews in support of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery -- not only a beloved neighborhood favorite, but also as Charlotte’s very own craft beer pioneer.
And be sure to bring your pup along for the run, too! This year’s race benefits Project 2 Heal’s efforts to provide service dogs to those with special needs. Afterwards, head out back to the Triple C patio to quench your thirst with a cold one.
Nestled among the backstreets of South End are numerous art galleries, many of which you may not even know about yet. Pick a Friday this spring (gallery tours occur on the first Friday of every month, so April 1st and May 6th only) to follow the self-guided tour through various exhibits that have helped make the neighborhood a vibrant arts community.
What better way to spend your Saturday than with all out access to brewing’s best? A favorite among annual tasting events, Beer Me BrewFest brings an incredible amount of craft offerings to the center of South End so you can spend your spring figuring out which seasonal sipper you’re going to stock up on next.
In addition to two main stage performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, festival goers can enjoy a number of events throughout the weekend such as intimate club performances, happy hours, and a jazz dinner.
With the warmer weather we’re usually looking to kick our bodies back into gear, and this outdoor event will certainly give you the extra push you need. This festival features live music, exhibits, and more than 20 sporting competitions like kayaking, running, biking, and climbing to get your juices flowing.
For its sixth year in a row, Rural Hill historic site in Huntersville is hosting a full weekend of good tunes and local brews. You’ll find all your latest boozy favorites in the field such as D9 Brewing, The Unknown Brewing Company, and Birdsong Brewing. The game changer: camping is permitted Friday and Saturday night. So hitch up your tent and stay to watch all eight bands take the stage.